In Arizona’s Latest Twist, Voters Follow G.O.P. Governor and Approve Tax Increase

Publication: The New York Times

Author: Randal Archibold


05/20/2010 - It is not every day that a Republican candidate for governor promotes and celebrates a tax increase here in the state many believe helped give rise to the modern conservative movement.

But there was Gov. Jan Brewer, who is seeking a full term in a crowded, competitive primary, beaming to supporters from a middle school stage Tuesday night. Off to her left, large screens displayed the news that fueled her smile: Arizona voters overwhelmingly supported a one-cent rise in the sales tax to help stave off sharp cuts in education and other services.

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“The states are the last place where you see the impact of the economic recovery,” said Susan K. Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center on the States, a nonpartisan research group in Washington. “This is a recession that has a long tail.”

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